Band in the Age of Distance Learning

Even though school looks completely different this school year, music is still important and playing in band is still worth it. You may be asking, “Can we actually play our instruments during distance learning and have fun doing it?” Yes, we can!!!

Here are a few things to think about as we enter the 2020 school year that you may find helpful:

1. The shutdown for COVID-19 will end eventually. When it does, we will be able to go back to having fun in band with friends, taking field trips to great places, and making amazing music and fantastic memories. You don’t want to put your instrument away now, or you will miss out on these great opportunities in the future. Once you stop playing, it is difficult to start again. Keep playing your instrument!

2. We can have fun while playing in band during distance learning. This last Spring was unusual because schools were forced to provide education in a way that they were not designed to do. Many of the fun parts of band class were removed because of the challenge of simply providing instruction. This year will be different! We have had time to figure out ways to recreate some of the fun parts of band online. Expect that you will have time to have fun and interact with other musicians, to get feedback from the director, and to make some memorable performances together.

3. If your motivation is disappearing, you are not alone. Musicians are the most motivated when they are preparing for some kind of performance. Many have felt a lack of motivation in the last few months because there have not been opportunities to play for other people. You may not feel like playing now, but you will once you pick up your instrument and have something to work toward. We will be planning some great performances this year (though they will look a bit different), so work the rust out of your instrument and get going!

I hope you join me for band this year. I think it’s going to be a great year!

MV Band on YouTube

Check out Meadow View Band’s new YouTube channel.

This channel is mostly designed to help 5th graders decide if they want to join Beginning Band and what instrument they should play, but we will be adding other things to the channel as well.

Welcome to Meadow View Band!

Welcome to Meadow View Band!  I hope this page is helpful throughout the year.  Come check it out every once in a while to see what kinds of new things have been posted.

Check out the Getting Started In Band page for more information about participating in band.  This page is especially helpful for people new to band!

Here are links to three quality music stores in the area that specialize in selling and renting good quality instruments: Beacock Music, Eugene Music, Blue Ridge Music

If you are new to band, all of the decisions about instruments can especially be intimidating.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a question or concern.  I will get back with you as soon as possible.